Meet new member: Galen Tsongas, Events Administrator

February 7, 2023

We welcomed a new staff member last week, Galen Tsongas, who will be our Events Administrator in KICP and A&A! Galen will be coordinating events, workshops, conferences, colloquiua, seminars, and visitors.

Erik Shirokoff, astronomer who built instruments to map the universe, 1979-2023

February 3, 2023

Assoc. Prof. Erik Shirokoff, a University of Chicago astronomer who built instruments to understand the earliest ages of the universe, died Jan. 26. He was 43.

“Scientists release newly accurate map of all the matter in the universe”, UChicago News

February 2, 2023

Analysis combines Dark Energy Survey, South Pole Telescope data to understand evolution of universe

A coherent story of the Universe from galaxy and CMB surveys

January 31, 2023

Combining data from the Dark Energy Survey and the South Pole Telescope, scientists piece together a coherent story of the Universe from galaxy and CMB surveys. These are some of the most stringent tests of the standard cosmological model using cross-correlations of independent data sets.

“Robert Rosner, 2023 APS President, Takes the Helm”, APS News

January 30, 2023

Robert Rosner likes big questions.
How could nuclear power help humanity in a warming climate? How can physicists better explain their work to the public? And why are magnetic fields… well, everywhere? “The nerve of them, being so ubiquitous,” he says.

Meet new KICP Fellow: Ariane Dekker

January 27, 2023

My research is in theoretical astroparticle physics, with the main focus on dark matter searches. In particular, I developed a structure formation model with which dark matter candidates can be tested using various astrophysical observations. Moreover, I explore the astrophysical sky with X-rays, gamma-rays and high-energy neutrinos to search for dark matter signatures.

“Meet astronomy and astrophysics student, Mandy Chen”, PSD News

January 5, 2023

Mandy Chen was born and raised in Guizhou Province, Southwest China. Before coming to the University of Chicago she was studying at the University of Hong Kong, where she got bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and astronomy. This is her fifth year as a PhD student in astronomy and astrophysics. Her research focuses on observations of the diffuse circumgalactic medium—the outermost envelopes of galaxies. She says she “seeks to better understand the dynamical state of this diffuse gas, and its connection to the star-formation/supermassive blackhole activities of galaxies and the cosmic baryon cycle in general.”

Meet new KICP Fellow: Jessica Zebrowski

January 3, 2023

Jessica Zebrowski's research centers on understanding cosmic acceleration. She is interested in developing mm-wave instrumentation and data analysis techniques to build pioneering line intensity mapping experiments. These experiments will constrain cosmology by mapping the evolution of large-scale structure over time.


“How Star Collisions Forge the Universe’s Heaviest Elements”, by Sanjana Curtis, Scientific American

December 15, 2022

Scientists have new evidence about how cosmic cataclysms forge gold, platinum and other heavy members of the periodic table

Meet new KICP Fellow: Erin Healy

December 15, 2022

I am an experimental cosmologist building technology to probe the structure and origins of the universe.

Congratulations to Edgar Marrufo Villalpando!

December 8, 2022

Edgar Marrufo Villalpando, graduate student, won the 2022 DOE Graduate Instrumentation Research Award (GIRA).

Meet new Associate KICP Fellow: Giulia Giannini

November 16, 2022

I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Chihway Chang and Prof. Josh Frieman. I am heavily involved in the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration, studying large scale structure using weak gravitational lensing. In particular, during my PhD I have been focusing in calibrating the redshift distributions of both the background and foreground galaxy samples used for the weak lensing analysis of the first three years of DES data.

Meet new Associate KICP Fellow: Claire Guepin

November 7, 2022

I am interested in astroparticle physics, plasma physics, and multi-messenger astronomy. I study compact sources and transient events, such as neutron stars, or tidal disruption events.

Meet new KICP Fellow: Hayley Macpherson

November 3, 2022

My research lies at the intersection of cosmology and general relativity, most of the time involving simulations. Usually, our cosmological simulations of large-scale structure formation make assumptions about the nature of gravity and space-time. These simulations are extremely important to our understanding of the Universe in regimes we cannot access analytically.

“Discovering the highest energy particles from the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet”, PSD spotlight

October 27, 2022

Prof. Abigail Vieregg and her students build instruments to detect the highest energy neutrinos.